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ENDS TUESDAY: two huge credit card sign-up bonus offers

We have two big credit card offers ending on Tuesday 13th June so you’ll need to move quickly if you want to apply.

Get a huge 60,000 points PLUS £200 travel credit, and great benefits, with American Express Platinum

American Express is currently running an exceptional deal on The Platinum Card. The bonus is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points.

60,000 Membership Rewards points converts to 60,000 Avios, Virgin Points, Emirates, Etihad, Flying Blue, Asia Miles, Delta, Finnair, Qantas or SAS miles. You could also turn them into 120,000 Hilton points, 90,000 Marriott points, 180,000 Radisson points, 4,000 Eurostar points and many other non-travel rewards.

Even better, American Express is throwing in a £200 travel credit too. Once you have triggered the 60,000 points (£6,000 spend in six months required) you will also be given £200 to spend at Amex Travel.

Whilst the annual fee is £575, this is refundable pro-rata if you cancel once you’ve banked the bonus.

Our main article on the ‘60,000 points plus £200 travel credit’ bonus is here. Make sure you read the bit about whether or not you qualify for the bonus.

You can apply for The Platinum Card with the special bonus on this page of the Amex website.

The representative APR is 464.4% variable, including the annual fee.  The representative APR on purchases is 29.7% variable.

But that’s not all ….

Get 30,000 Virgin Points with the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card

Tuesday is also the last day you can get the increased 30,000 Virgin Points sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card.

The £160 Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card earns 1.5 Virgin Points per £1 and comes with a 241 or upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 per year.  The usual bonus is 15,000 points.

The cards are issued by Virgin Money so it is very unlikely that you will be conflicted due to having any other cards from the same bank.

Crucially, the cards have no foreign exchange fees when used in the Eurozone.

Our main article on the card offer is here. You can apply for the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ card with special bonus on the Virgin Money website here.

The representative APR is 69.7% variable, including the annual fee.  The representative APR on purchases is 26.9% variable.

This week’s top travel news stories:

Virgin Atlantic launches flights to Sao Paulo and Bengaluru. They join four other routes recently announced, including the Maldives, as the airline heads back to growth.

Priority Pass and Plaza Premium broker a new deal, opening up Plaza Premium lounges to all Priority Pass cardholders

Get 25 Heathrow Rewards points per £1 with Heathrow Express – this weekend only

Air Belgium will operate flights to Chicago for British Airways from 1st July

How much smaller is British Airways long haul fleet post-pandemic? – and why this is a problem for you

Eurostar trains to Amsterdam and Rotterdam to be suspended for 11 months

Other British Airways and Avios news:

Buy Avios for 0.84p with the new Avios Balance Boost. Is it worth it?

Earn double Nectar Points in June when you make a conversion to Avios

Other airline news:

Ambitious mega-carrier Riyadh Air unveils its livery (and a 72-aircraft order)

Cardiff Airport claims Qatar Airways will resume flights soon

Credit card news:

Don’t forget to use your Amex Platinum £50 Harvey Nichols credit before the end of this month

A new cashback offer for Pride of Britain hotels has appeared on Amex cards

Reviews this week:

Rhys heads to Belfast, where he reviews the Hilton Belfast hotel, refurbished during covid.

He gets there by taking the Stena Line ferry from Liverpool, and spending eight hours in its Stena Plus Lounge. Image above. How was it?

Hotel news:

Our round-up of the best hotel promos for June 2023 is here

The Hyatt Regency Blackfriars has finally opened

IHG signs another Kimpton hotel in Marbella

Radisson launches a new sale with bonus points on top

Other interesting articles:

Get VIP tickets to an orchestral BST Hyde Park Concert for just 1,000 Accor Live Limitless points per pair. Image above.

How to get the best deals on Gatwick Airport parking

Priority Pass adds a new non-lounge experience at Luton Airport

…. plus a spa experience at Heathrow Terminal 5

How to earn Virgin Points with SquareMeal restaurant reservations

Should you redeem Emirates Skywards miles on easyJet?!

That’s all, folks

Our latest round-up of miles and points offers closing soon is here.

Don’t forget to visit our forum if you have any questions relating to frequent flyer or hotel loyalty programmes or loyalty credit cards.

See you next Saturday.

Rob, Rhys and Sinead @ Head for Points

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